Doctors more likely to order wrong drugs for twins and triplets

Mistakes happen to 1 in 3 sets of triplets in NICU, study shows

Doctors are much more likely to make mistakes ordering medications or treatments for babies in the neonatal intensive care unit when the infants are twins or triplets, a US study suggests.


So-called wrong patient orders have long been a bigger risk in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) than in general paediatrics wards, researchers note in JAMA Pediatrics.

And these mix-ups are more common when newborns haven't yet been named or have a name very similar to another hospitalised baby.

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